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6.22.2006

National Academy of Sciences reports on global warming

At the request of Congress, the National Academy of Sciences has issued a report on the earth's warming trend over the past 2000 years. Their conclusions are cause for concern.

The academy had been asked to report to Congress on how researchers drew conclusions about the Earth's climate going back thousands of years, before data was available from modern scientific instruments. The academy convened a panel of 12 climate experts, chaired by Gerald North, a geosciences professor at Texas A&M University, to look at the "proxy" evidence before then, such as tree rings, corals, marine and lake sediments, ice cores, boreholes and glaciers.

Combining that information gave the panel "a high level of confidence that the last few decades of the 20th century were warmer than any comparable period in the last 400 years," the panel wrote. It said the "recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia," though it was relatively warm around the year 1000 followed by a "Little Ice Age" from about 1500 to 1850.

Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), chairman of the House Science Committee, requested the report last year and expressed confidence in the findings.
"This report shows the value of Congress handling scientific disputes by asking scientists to give us guidance," Boehlert said Thursday. "There is nothing in this report that should raise any doubts about the broad scientific consensus on global climate change."

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4 Comments:

At 6/22/2006 11:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, I read the report.

I promise to stop going to work and to stop driving my car if God or mother nature or whomever promises to quit allowing volcanos from spewing ash.

Thank you Dr. Gore for saving our planet - you are a wonderful and brave man.

 
At 6/23/2006 07:50:00 AM, Blogger The Analyzer said...

This is a good article with some global warming solutions.

 
At 6/23/2006 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Anonymous, Al Gore had nothing to do with this report. The report was requested last year by the Republican controlled House Science Committee. The National Academy of Sciences put it together. If you don't know who they are, the NAS was put together after the Civil War and incorporated by President Abraham Lincoln. They have a couple thousand member scientists who serve voluntarily, and elect new members every year from the scientific community.

The report has solid consensus across the scientific community, and those who want to dispute it with no basis in science to do so are engaging in wishful thinking.

 
At 6/23/2006 03:21:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Liked your suggestions though Analyzer. Let's get rolling.

 

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